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Friday, September 14, 2012

The 90-Miler

This passed weekend was that Adirondack Canoe Classic, commonly referred to as the 90-Miler. This annual event is a 90-mile paddle beginning at the public docks in Old Forge and ending in Saranac Lake. The 90-Miler is a competitive race but also features many participants paddling for recreation. The route includes many lakes and rivers familiar to Woodcrafters. The Fulton Chain, Raquette Lake, Long Lake, the Raquette River, the Eckford Chain, the Marion River, and Blue Mountain Lake are all part of the current route.

The original continuous route included Forked Lake and Stony Creek ponds. The race was broken down into three separate legs for each day to accommodate the growth in participation. Click here for an interactive map.

Paddlers use traditional canoes, kayaks, and Adirondack guide boats to make their way northeast through The Park. This year's 90-Miler included 275 entrants who experienced extremely windy conditions on Long Lake during the second day. As many Woodcraft canoeists know, Long Lake can be quite windy on a good day. Saturday's weather had 50 mile-per-hour wind gusts that forced the paddlers to take refuge on the shore until the wind died down.

The 90-Miler is the southern terminus of a much larger canoe route. The Northern Forest Canoe Trail traverses the extensive waterways between Old Forge and Kent, Maine, on the Canadian border. NFCT paddlers make stops in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Quebec, and Maine. For more information on paddling visit the American Canoe Association website.

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